Data encryption is a word we’re hearing more frequently in today’s world, and that’s not bound to change anytime soon. As data becomes more valuable to companies, cybercriminals are deploying new tactics to get a hold of that data, often so they can then use it against companies and individuals. If your business has ever been attacked by cybercriminals, you already understand the importance of data encryption. Even if you haven’t, understanding the fundamentals of data encryption has become essential to staying safe in our increasingly digitally-dependant society. Let’s begin by clarifying what we mean when we talk about data encryption.

What is Data Encryption?

Data encryption is the process by which digital data is translated into a complex code using encryption algorithms. This code can only be read, encrypted, or decrypted if you have the decryption key. Organizations use data encryption to ensure the secure transmission of storage of private or confidential digital data. The purpose of data encryption goes beyond secure storage and transmission of your data; it includes message authentication and integrity that verify the message’s origin and that it was not changed since being sent. Authentication and digital signatures provide an additional layer of data security for sensitive data.

The Future of Encryption

Now that we have a clearer understanding of what data encryption means for you, let’s get into some of the development in cryptography we’re most excited for in the future.

1. Quantum Cryptography

Quantum cryptography uses photons of light and the principles of quantum physics to physically move data between a sender and recipient. Because information is transmitted using light, it cannot be intercepted, copied, or cloned. With the help of quantum mechanics, it can be sent so that only the intended recipient is able to read it without the data being altered. No additional level of encryption would be necessary because the data would be useless if it were to be intercepted by anyone other than the recipient.

2. Honey Encryption

Honey encryption is a bit of a misnomer in that it doesn’t rely on traditional encryption approaches. Instead, it deters cybercriminals by making them think they’ve gained access to your network or data when, in reality, they have only obtained false or irrelevant data.

3. Facial Recognition Encryption

We’re already beginning to witness the foundations being laid for facial encryption. As facial recognition technology advances, we expect to see facial encryption become a fundamental way of securing data and protecting access to confidential information.

4. Homomorphic Encryption

Traditional encryption approaches create a point of vulnerability when you encrypt a message and again when you decrypt it even with a private key. Unfortunately, we have to decode data in order to access and use it. Homomorphic encryption seeks to tackle this problem by allowing you to use and access encrypted data without ever having to decrypt it in the first place.

If your business is ready to take your data security and encryption methodologies to the next level, contact us today.